CBSE NCERT Class 9 English Beehive Chapter 2 Prose The Sound of Music

The poetry “The Road Not Taken” featured in Chapter 1 of the CBSE Class 9 English book Beehive. Robert Frost, an American poet, wrote the poem. He writes simply yet thoughtfully on everyday experiences. Along with the overview, we have included a thorough explanation of the poem below. Students may refer to the CBSE Class 9 English Beehive notes to have a better understanding of the poetry. The summary will provide a concise summary of the poetry.

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Introduction

Evelyn Glennie Listens To Sound Without Hearing It

Evelyn Lost her Hearing at a Young Age

Evelyn Glennie suffered from hearing loss.

She was seventeen years old and nervous on her first day at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

Being deaf presented her with difficulties.

Evelyn gradually became deaf because, according to her mother, she could barely hear at the age of eight and gradually became deaf year after year.

She was left with severe nerve damage.

Evelyn didn’t Give up Hope and Never Looked Back

Evelyn’s musical obsession prompted her to learn to play the xylophone.

All of her teachers discouraged her due to her hearing impairment, but Ron Forbes (a percussionist and her teacher) taught her how to use her body to sense musical vibrations.

She was an enormous success throughout the United Kingdom.

At the age of sixteen, she transitioned to solo performances and earned one of the highest grades at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

She rose to prominence as the world’s most sought-after percussionist and possessed the ability to play a variety of musical instruments.

Additionally, she studied French and Japanese. Her skin and hairs were tingled by the music.

Additionally, she used to take off her shoes while playing in order to sense the approaching vibrations of sound waves.

She received the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Soloist of the Year Award.

She performed free concerts in prisons and hospitals.

Evelyn served as an inspiration to tens of thousands and millions of disabled people worldwide.

Evelyn Senses Music 

She explains that music flows through every part of her body. It tingles throughout her skin, cheekbones, and even her hair.

When she plays the xylophone, she can feel the vibrations travelling up the stick and into her fingertips.

She can feel the resonances (sounds) flowing into her body as she leans against the drums.

She removes her shoes on a wooden platform, allowing the vibrations to pass through her bare feet and up her legs.

Evelyn: An Inspiration

Evelyn exemplifies how a person’s disability cannot prevent them from achieving their goals if they are determined and persistent.

Evelyn received numerous honours and accolades.

Millions have derived enormous pleasure from her.

Evelyn Lost her Hearing at a Young Age

Evelyn Glennie suffered from hearing loss.

She was seventeen years old and nervous on her first day at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music.

Being deaf presented her with difficulties.

Evelyn gradually became deaf because, according to her mother, she could barely hear at the age of eight and gradually became deaf year after year.

She was left with severe nerve damage.

Evelyn didn’t Give up Hope and Never Looked Back

 

Evelyn’s musical obsession prompted her to learn to play the xylophone.

All of her teachers discouraged her due to her hearing impairment, but Ron Forbes (a percussionist and her teacher) taught her how to use her body to sense musical vibrations.

She was an enormous success throughout the United Kingdom

At the age of sixteen, she transitioned to solo performances and earned one of the highest grades at London’s Royal Academy of Music.

She rose to prominence as the world’s most sought-after percussionist and possessed the ability to play a variety of musical instruments.

Additionally, she studied French and Japanese. Her skin and hairs were tingled by the music.

Additionally, she used to take off her shoes while playing in order to sense the approaching vibrations of sound waves.

She received the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Soloist of the Year Award.

She performed free concerts in prisons and hospitals.

Evelyn served as an inspiration to tens of thousands and millions of disabled people worldwide.

Evelyn Senses Music 

 

She explains that music flows through every part of her body. It tingles throughout her skin, cheekbones, and even her hair.

When she plays the xylophone, she can feel the vibrations travelling up the stick and into her fingertips.

She can feel the resonances (sounds) flowing into her body as she leans against the drums.

She removes her shoes on a wooden platform, allowing the vibrations to pass through her bare feet and up her legs.

Evelyn: An Inspiration

 

Evelyn exemplifies how a person’s disability cannot prevent them from achieving their goals if they are determined and persistent.

Evelyn received numerous honours and accolades.

Millions have derived enormous pleasure from her.

The Shehnai Of Bismillah Khan

 

Pungi was Banned and then Revived  

Aurangzeb had prohibited the playing of a shrill and unpleasant musical instrument called pungi in the royal residence.

A barber for a family of professional musicians decided to enhance the pungi’s tonal quality.

He demonstrated the improved instrument in front of royalty, and everyone was taken aback.

The instrument required a renaming.

According to legend, the instrument was named the ‘shehnai’ because it was first played in the Shah’s chambers by a nai (barber)

Ustad Bismillah Khan Brought Shehnai to the Classical Stage  

The shehnai’s sound began to be regarded as auspicious.

As a result, it is still performed in temples and is a necessary component (significant part) of any North Indian wedding.

Historically, the shehnai was one of nine instruments that comprised the naubat, or traditional ensemble (group) found at royal courts.

Ustad Bismillah Khan is credited with introducing this instrument to the classical stage.

Music was in Bismillah Khan’s Blood

Bismillah is a member of a well-known musical family from Bihar. His grandfather, father, and additional paternal ancestors were all accomplished shehnai players.

Bismillah was mesmerised by his uncles’ shehnai practise. He began accompanying his uncle Ali Bux and gradually began receiving lessons in the instrument, which he practised throughout the day.

The Ganga’s flowing waters inspired him to combine and create ragas that were previously considered to be beyond the shehnai’s range.

The Bright Future of Bismillah Khan 

Bismillah’s big break came with the establishment of All India Radio in Lucknow in 1938. He quickly established himself as a popular shehnai player on radio.

On 15 August 1947, when India gained independence, Bismillah Khan became the first Indian to greet the nation with his shehnai.

Vijay Bhatt was so taken with his performance at a festival that he named a film ‘Gunj Uthi Shehnai’ after the instrument.

A Renowned Musician and a True Indian  

Bismillah Khan was the first Indian to be invited to perform at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center Hall. He was bestowed with national honours such as the Padmashri, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan.

Ustad Bismillah Khan received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001.

Despite his extensive travels, he was particularly fond of Benaras and Dumraon, which he regards as the world’s most wonderful towns.

He even turned down an offer to work in America, claiming that he couldn’t find the Ganga there. Whenever he travelled abroad, his heart ached for home.

Pungi was Banned and then Revived  

Aurangzeb had prohibited the playing of a shrill and unpleasant musical instrument called pungi in the royal residence.

A barber for a family of professional musicians decided to enhance the pungi’s tonal quality.

He demonstrated the improved instrument in front of royalty, and everyone was taken aback.

The instrument required a renaming.

According to legend, the instrument was named the ‘shehnai’ because it was first played in the Shah’s chambers by a nai (barber)

Ustad Bismillah Khan Brought Shehnai to the Classical Stage  

 

The shehnai’s sound began to be regarded as auspicious.

As a result, it is still performed in temples and is a necessary component (significant part) of any North Indian wedding.

Historically, the shehnai was one of nine instruments that comprised the naubat, or traditional ensemble (group) found at royal courts.

Ustad Bismillah Khan is credited with introducing this instrument to the classical stage.

Music was in Bismillah Khan’s Blood

 

Bismillah is a member of a well-known musical family from Bihar. His grandfather, father, and additional paternal ancestors were all accomplished shehnai players.

Bismillah was mesmerised by his uncles’ shehnai practise. He began accompanying his uncle Ali Bux and gradually began receiving lessons in the instrument, which he practised throughout the day.

The Ganga’s flowing waters inspired him to combine and create ragas that were previously considered to be beyond the shehnai’s range.

The Bright Future of Bismillah Khan 

 

Bismillah’s big break came with the establishment of All India Radio in Lucknow in 1938. He quickly established himself as a popular shehnai player on radio.

On 15 August 1947, when India gained independence, Bismillah Khan became the first Indian to greet the nation with his shehnai.

Vijay Bhatt was so taken with his performance at a festival that he named a film ‘Gunj Uthi Shehnai’ after the instrument.

A Renowned Musician and a True Indian  

 

Bismillah Khan was the first Indian to be invited to perform at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center Hall. He was bestowed with national honours such as the Padmashri, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan.

Ustad Bismillah Khan received India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001.

Despite his extensive travels, he was particularly fond of Benaras and Dumraon, which he regards as the world’s most wonderful towns.

He even turned down an offer to work in America, claiming that he couldn’t find the Ganga there. Whenever he travelled abroad, his heart ached for home.

SOLVED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS NCERT SOLVED QUESTIONS

I. Answer these questions in a few words or a couple of sentences each.


1. How old was Evelyn when she went to the Royal Academy of Music?
Answer: Evelyn was only seventeen years old when she enrolled at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
2. When was her deafness first noticed? When was it confirmed?
Answer: Her mother was the first to notice her deafness. Evelyn was eight years old at the time. It was confirmed by the time she was eleven.

II. Answer each of these questions in a short paragraph. (30-40 words).

    1. Who helped her to continue with music? What did he do and say?
      or
      Who helped Evelyn to continue with music? What was his/her advice to Evelyn? (CBSE)
      Answer: The percussionist, Ron Forbes, recognised her potential. He adjusted the tuning of two large drums to different notes. He instructed Evelyn to cease from listening through her ears. She should listen in another manner instead.
    2. Name the various places and causes for which Evelyn performs.
      Answer: She performs at regularly scheduled concerts. Additionally, she performs free concerts in prisons and hospitals.

III. Answer the question in two or three paragraphs. (100-150 words).


1. How does Evelyn hear music?

Answer: Evelyn does not hear music with her ears. However, she hears it in other ways. She feels the upper drum from her waist up, while the lower drum is felt from her waist down. She detects specific notes in various parts of her body. She has learned to train her mind and body to be receptive to a variety of sounds and vibrations.

According to her, music permeates every part of her body. It tingles throughout her skin, cheekbones, and even her hair. She occasionally plays the xylophone. She is aware of the sound as it travels up the stick to her fingertips.

She is aware of the resonance coursing through her body. On a wooden platform, she bares her feet. She does so to allow the vibrations to travel up her legs and through her bare feet.

III. Answer these questions in 30-40 words.

  1. Why did Aurangzeb ban the playing of the pungi?
    Answer: Aurangzeb outlawed the pungi’s use due to its sound. It sounded shrill and unappealing. It merely generated noise.
  2. How is a shehnai different from a pungi? (CBSE)
    Answer: A shehnai is a hollow stem made of natural material. It is significantly longer and wider than the pungi. It has holes on the body of the pipe. It is played similarly to a flute by opening and closing these holes.
  3. Where was the shehnai traditionally played? How did Bismillah Khan change this?
    Answer: The shehnai was traditionally performed in Varanasi’s Vishnu temple. Ali Bux, his maternal uncle, used to play shehnai there. Bismillah Khan used it in the Balaji and Mangala Maiya temples. He altered it by integrating Raagas into its performance.
  4. When and how did Bismillah Khan get his big break?
    Answer: Bismillah Khan received a significant break. That was when he became an All India Radio shehnai player. In 1938, Lucknow hosted the inaugural broadcast of All India Radio.
  5. Where did Bismillah Khan play the shehnai on 15 August 1947? Why was the event historic? (CBSE)
    Answer: Bismillah Khan performed the shehnai at Old Delhi’s Red Fort. On August 15, 1947, he was the first Indian to greet the nation with his shehnai. He performed Raag Kafi there for an audience. Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru were among those present.
    6. Why did Bismillah Khan refuse to start a shehnai school in the U.S.A.?
    Answer: He refused to establish a shehnai school in the United States of America. It was due to the absence of the Ganges. The Ganges could not be taken up there as well. When he was in the United States of America, he always missed seeing Hindustan.
    7. Find at least two instances in the text which tell you that Bismillah Khan loves India and Benaras.
    Answer: Bismillah Khan has a great affection for India and Benaras. When he is in Mumbai, he says, he is reminded of Varanasi and the holy Ganga. When he is in a foreign country, he is constantly yearning to see Hindustan.
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